Monday, August 14, 2017

Coding for Kids

This month we hosted a Coding Camp for kids in grades K-5 as a part of our Summer Library Club activities. We talked about computer science, tried out some games using coding principles, and thought about careers that use coding. We also used an app on our mini iPads called Kodable where kids programmed their way through mazes.

More and more we're hearing about coding and computer science. If you have a kid in your life who is curious about this stuff (or if you're looking to find out more yourself!) here are some great books to get you started.

Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer by Diane Stanley
Ada's Ideas: The Story of Ada Lovelace, The World's First Computer Programmer by Fiona Robinson
Computers by Christine Taylor-Butler
Computer Math by James Fisher
Computer Science in the Real World by Lisa Idzikowski
How Things Work: Discover Secrets and Science Behind Bounce Houses, Hovercrafts, Robotics, and Everything In Between by T.J. Resler
The Magic School Bus Gets Programmed: A Book About Computers by Joanna Cole
A World of Programming by Heather Lyons and Elizabeth Tweedale

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Celebrate Sisters Day!

Did you know that the first Sunday in August is the annual celebration of Sisters Day? You may never have heard of this holiday, but why not celebrate with a great book about sisters and sisterhood.

If you favor the classics, try one of Jane Austen's works. Dive into 19th century England in Pride and Prejudice or Sense and Sensibility. Or try a modern retelling of Jane Austen's work. Check out our booklist from March for some suggestions.

For younger readers try one of these great books.

Contemporary adult fiction is full of stories about sisters.

Lastly, a book list about sisters would not be complete without Louisa May Alcott's classic Little Women. Join the March family in this coming of age tale. There are movie adaptations, sequels, and spin-offs for fans of the book to enjoy.

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Monday, July 31, 2017


Next month we will be reading Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation by Cokie Roberts.  This nonfiction work takes a look at the women of colonial America.  These women worked hard on behalf of their families and country and were just as crucial in the formation of the United States of America as their husbands.  While the men went off to war or to Congress, the women managed their businesses, raised the children, provided political advice, and generally made it possible for the men to do what they did.

For a deeper look at the founding women and this time in our nation's history, check out some of the books listed below.

Abigail Adams: A Life by Woody Holton
Dear Abigail by Diane Jacobs
The Muse of the Revolution by Nancy Rubin Stuart
Written Out of History by Mike Lee
Martha Washington: an American Life by Patricia Brady
Ties That Bound by Marie Jenkins Schwartz
American Treasures by Stephen Puleo
1775: A Good Year for Revolution by Kevin Phillilps
1776 by David McCullough
The American Revolution by Robert J. Allison
The General and Mrs. Washington by Bruce Chadwick
Daily Life in Colonial New England by Claudia Johnson
Founders as Fathers by Lorri Glover

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Monday, July 24, 2017


It's hard to believe that July is almost over!  That means you have about 1 month left to take a family vacation before school starts back up.  Here are some books centering on vacationing.  Hopefully your vacation is better than what you find between these pages!

Adult/Young Adult Books:
The Werewolf of Bamberg by Oliver Potzsch
The Guest Cottage by Nancy Thayer
The Sins of the Mother by Danielle Steel
The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares
The Vacationers by Emma Straub
The Red House by Mark Haddon
The Barefoot Summer by Carolyn Brown

Children's Books:
Arthur's Family Vacation by Marc Brown
Cupcake Cousins by Kate Hannigan
Fudge-a-mania by Judy Blume
Trolls on Vacation by Alan MacDonald
The Vacation by Polly Horvath
A Whirlwind Vacation by Nancy Krulik
The Bears' Vacation by Stan Berenstain
Emma's Vacation by David McPhail

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Monday, July 17, 2017


It's National Ice Cream Month!  July has held this honor since the mid-1980s.  For more information on National Ice Cream Month as well as more about ice cream in general, visit

Even if you missed celebrating National Ice Cream Day yesterday, you can still celebrate ice cream throughout the rest of this month.  Here are a few books to help you enjoy this tasty treat!

No-Churn Ice Cream by Leslie Bilderback
Ice Cream and Iced Desserts by Joanna Farrow and Sara Lewis
The Ultimate Ice Cream Book by Bruce Weinstein
Food52 Ice Cream and Friends by Amanda Hesser
Mexican Ice Cream by Fany Gerson
Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream by Laura O'Neill
Vegan Ice Cream by Jeff Rogers
Coolhaus Ice Cream Book by Natasha Case
Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Desserts by Jeni Britton Bauer

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Monday, July 10, 2017


This month we are reading Holes by Louis Sachar for our Book to Movie Club.  Sachar has written over 25 books for children and young adults.  Holes won the National Book Award and Newbery Medal and was made into a movie in 2003.  For more information on Louis Sachar, visit his website:

Books by Louis Sachar:
Fuzzy Mud
Wayside School Series
Marvin Redpost Series
The Cardturner
Small Steps
There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom
Dogs Don't Tell Jokes
Sixth Grade Secrets 
Johnny's in the Basement
The Boy Who Lost His Face
Someday Angeline

If you liked Holes, then you may want to give these books a try:

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

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Monday, July 3, 2017


In 2011, Red Riding Hood was released as a feature film starring Amanda Seyfried.  At the same time, a tie-novel was written by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright.  This novel was based on the screenplay written by David Johnson.

This novel and movie are not the only retellings of Little Red Riding Hood.  If you are looking for more, give one of the books below a try.

Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause

Hunter by Mercedes Lackey
Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Princess of the Silver Woods by Jessica Day George
Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
Cloaked in Red by Vivian Vande Velde
Scarlet Moon by Debbie Biguie

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